Aviva appoints James Hillman as Chief Risk Officer*

James Hillman
James Hillman

Aviva plc has appointed James Hillman as Chief Risk Officer*. He will join the company later this year. James is currently Chief Financial Officer of Scottish Widows, and Finance Director of Lloyds Banking Group’s Insurance, Pensions and Investments Division.

James has enjoyed a highly successful career in financial services, with over 20 years’ experience working in regulated roles. Prior to his current role, James was Chief Actuary at Scottish Widows’ Life and General Insurance business from 2015-2019. Before that he was at Ernst & Young LLP (EY) from 1999-2015, becoming a partner in the European Insurance Risk and Actuarial practice in 2005.

Amanda Blanc, Group Chief Executive Officer, said:

“James is a fantastic addition to Aviva. He is a highly experienced leader with a strong track-record in financial services and regulated businesses.  As CRO, James will play a crucial role as we continue to grow, manage risk effectively and deliver for our customers.”

James Hillman said:

“Aviva is a brilliant business with clear momentum. The opportunity to lead the Risk Function at this exciting time for the company was one I couldn’t turn down. I look forward to working with Amanda and the wider team.”

*James’ appointment is subject to approval by the PRA and FCA.




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Further information:

James Hillman joins Aviva later this year. Until that date, Stephen Gould will continue as Interim Chief Risk Officer.

A photo of James is available here: Aviva plc | Flickr

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